12 Tips for Staying Organized for the Big Move

We just bought our first home! It’s both exciting and a little scary. The scariest part (for me) is how unorganized I thought we’d be during the move. To prevent this, I turned to the internet. Here are some tips I found extremely helpful for the big move day!

Make a Giant Moving To-Do List

My cats, Ashe and Flint, inspecting the boxes in preparation for the big move day.

Sit down and create your master move list. This will be your ultimate guide to making sure that you accomplish everything you need to before and during the move. Include things like trips to donation stores, scheduling shutoff dates for your utilities, and purchasing supplies. Of course, I created a to-do list right in my bullet journal!

Spread Out Your Moving To-Do List on Your Calendar

Prevent yourself from going crazy by creating a moving timeline. Do this by taking that master list and spreading it out across a few weeks. A moving timeline will keep you from doing everything last minute. It also shows your progress! You can easily keep track of how much more you need to accomplish and how far you’ve come. 

If you need to share this calendar, make a Google Calendar and schedule tasks as events. This makes your calendar easy to share with your family.

Pick the Right Move-In Day

Make sure that you choose a move-in day that’s not only convenient for you but also for any helpers. If you’re calling on friends and family for help, try to give them one month’s notice so that they can also place accordingly. Be sure to keep in mind any important closing dates as well.

Map Out the Best Route to Your New Home

If you’re moving any distance further than the two blocks that we moved, you’ll want to map out the best route to and from your new home. Share this with your movers in order to stay efficient and ensure that everyone knows how to get from point A to Point B.

Get Rid of All That Junk You’ve Been Meaning to Get Rid of Forever 

Yes, I’m talking about that stack of clutter you were going to take to Goodwill 6 months ago. Now’s the time to get rid of it. Use this handy chart to ask yourself if you really, really need that sweater you wore once but haven’t touched in a year. Find a local donation and/or recycling center for all those old clothes, furniture, and electronics.

Sort Your Stuff by Category

Instead of going room to room, try the Marie Kondo method of sorting your items by category. Bring all your books together in one place and then sort them. This will give you some perspective on just how many books you own as well as how many you haven’t touched in a long time. Whatever you don’t need, schedule a time for donation or recycling.

Change Your Mailing Address a Week Before You Move

To prevent mail from getting lost after the move, try to change your mailing address to the new address at least a week before your move. You should also notify the post office of your move so that they forward anything you forgot to switch to the new address. Just be sure to update those, as the post office will only forward mail for a short period.

Schedule Disconnect Times for Utilities

Call your cable, internet, electricity, water, and gas providers at least a week before your move. This will give you time to figure out how and when you need to shut everything off. You don’t want your first week at the new place to be without power (or worse, internet).

Stop Buying Groceries a Week Before You Move

Don’t throw away perfectly decent food. Instead, stop buying groceries a week or so before your move. Try to empty your pantry and fridge by creating as many meals out of the food you have left as possible. This will not only save a trip to and from your new house on move day, but you may also create a dish you never even thought of before!

Take Photos of Your Electronics Set-Up

We have a lot of electronics (understatement). In order to make sure the set-up process is easy, we took pictures of the cord situations at the back of our devices. This helped us make sure that our electronics were set up right the first time, and prevented some major frustration. We also packed like items together, for example, all the Xbox One X cords and controllers were in one box, etc.

Create a Cleaning Supply Bin

If you rent, this is especially important for that final sweep of your old home. Create an easy-to-carry cleaning supply bin. This will help you prep the new home and keep that security deposit at your old home. Be sure to set aside a broom, mop, dustpan, and vacuum as well as your products and wipes or rags. 

Label Your Boxes

I try to make the room the box belongs to, stand out by boxing it or writing it larger.

As you pack items, label them. Write the room they belong in, the general contents of the box and whether or not it’s breakable on the top and at least two sides of the boxes. This helps you and your movers to load the boxes together as well as place them in the right room once you get there. This will also help you find items as you’re unpacking after move-in day. 

If you want to take this to the next level, you can color-code the boxes so it’s easy to see at a glance where they go. You can also number your boxes and use that number to create a list of the items in that box, if you really want to keep inventory. 

Keep Ziploc Baggies On Hand At All Times During the Move

“These bolts go to the dining room chairs.” “These are miscellaneous small cat toys.” Keep Ziploc bags on hand so that you can throw the tiny, miscellaneous items into them so they don’t get lost in transit.

I hope all these tips will help you with any future moving endeavors! Let me know if you have anything else that might help me out for the big day!

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